Candy: The Sweet History

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Collectors Press, Inc., Nov 1, 2003 - Cooking - 176 pages
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All of the gooey goodness of candy's glory years are presented in this lively retrospective of the confection industry. "Candy" pays homage to the companies and brands that have become American icons, in the process chronicling the history of sweet treats across the globe — from the ancient Egyptians to the first box of Valentine's Day chocolate. PayDayо , Chic-O-Stick, Tootsieо Roll, and many more treats are featured in vivid photos and images from the candy culture of the past. For those with a sweet touch in the kitchen, basic candy recipes are included.

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A candy saleswoman, developer and consultant, Kimmerle pays homage to the sweets industry in this colorfully designed history. More coffee-table display than serious study, the book emphasizes the ... Read full review

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Despite my feelings of envy (if only I’d known before that “candy expert” was a legitimate career path), I really enjoyed this book. The author clearly is an expert, and must have spent a lot of time delving into the minutest details of the confectionary industry’s history.
Kimmerle clearly has a deep passion and a lot of love for all things sweet, and her care and zeal for the topic, warm feelings of nostalgia towards favorite brands and old-time sweets, as well as her obvious knowledge, shines through on every page. But it’s never dry – lots of fabulous photographs, including images of vintage candy ads and packaging, break up the factual info and make this an entertaining read, as well. I also thought that the inclusion of some recipes along with the history was a great addition – it makes it even more fun to read about candy’s evolution over the years when I can also contemplate making some of these treats in my own kitchen!

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